Employees want the duration of the notice period reduced to 01 month

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Economic Times Survey

Eight out of 10 employees want the duration of the notice period reduced to a month from three months- Survey Report.

According to a survey of 2,800 employees working in banks and IT companies by HR tech platform Hush. HR veterans too agree that the three-month notice period is unnecessary and should only be retained for special circumstances and very senior levels. 

According to Hari TN, Head- Human Resources, Bigbasket, a long notice period is a “negative hook” to retain employees and bad for employee morale. He also added “The market becomes full of friction,” as moving companies becomes difficult for talent.

According to 93% of the survey’s respondents, who Responded  anonymously, a three-month notice period was an inconvenience and they were forced to miss out on better opportunities. More than half the employees (51%) surveyed were junior level while 31% were mid-level and the rest (11%) were seniors. 

A 24-year-old employee told that she had missed out on several opportunities due to her employer’s three-month notice period policy. At mid- and small-scale companies, notice periods are shorter and employers are not ready to wait that long, she said to ET.

However, eight out of 10 employees surveyed said that favouritism played a part in some employees getting a shorter notice period. “Millennials are much more frequent job-hoppers and would like consistent practices everywhere,” said Ashutosh Dabral, CEO of Hush, adding that employees on the platform discussed strategies on how to get their notice period reduced. Dabral also said that startups, which tend to have more immediate requirements, would find it hard to hire those with long notice periods.

3-month notice—A mere retention tool?

Hush conducted a survey for over 2800 respondents. Around 90 percent answered in affirmative to a question that enquires the misuse of the 3-month notice period by employers. Employers may use it as a retention tool that cuts down attrition rates.

“It is just a tactic to make sure the employee does not switch to another company as most employers are not willing to wait for three long months to on board a new resource,” shares 27-year-old Rohini. H. J, who has over four years of work experience in the IT sector.

In India, the 3-month notice period rule began to thrive with many leading IT companies. They adopted it as part of their employment policies and set off the trend. “However, it has by and large become a norm for most IT firms now,” shares Rajesh Kumar Singh, HR Head, KPIT Technologies.

Nagesh is a Regional HR Manager at Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Ltd. Talking from a company specific perspective, he states that the 3-month period is indispensable in a competitive industry.

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